James T. Trautman, 78, of Fountain Springs, passed away Wednesday, April 21st at his residence. Born in Locust Gap, April 1, 1943, he was the son of the late Mark and Annette (Sis) George Trautman I. He was a graduate of the former Butler Township High School, class of 1961, and was employed for 37 years as a heavy equipment operator and tool room attendant for the Pennsylvania Power and Light Company. Jim was a life time member of the Christ Congregational Church, and the American Fire Company #1, both in Fountain Springs. As an active member of the fire company, Jim helped with the weekly Bingo. He loved woodworking in his home shop, and was an avid Phillies Baseball and Eagles Football fan. He was preceded in death by an infant brother, Frank, and a brother, Richard S. Trautman Sr., passing in 2013. Survivors;
Wife: Verna Yoder Trautman, married 37 years
Son: James Trautman II and his wife Jan, Hummelstown
Daughter: Diane wife of Todd Smith, Gordon
Daughter: Denise Trautman - Walton, Ashland
Step Son: Greg Sommers, and his wife Sue, Goshen, Indiana
Step Daughter: Cindy wife of George Huss III, Shenandoah
Sister: Marilyn Spieles, Fountain Springs
Sister: Judith Wright, California
Sister: Suzanne wife of Christian Wurst Jr., Fountain Springs
Sister: Linda wife of Charles (Butch) Harris, Fountain Springs
Sister: Lauren Trautman, Milton
Sister: Sheryl Trautman, Ashland
Sister: Annette wife of Joseph Wassell, Alabama
Brother: Mark Trautman and his wife Kathy, Fountain Springs
Brother: David Trautman and his wife Annette, Harrisburg
11 Grandchildren, 2 Great Grandchildren, Nieces and Nephews
Diane Davis, mother of James, Diane, and Denise.
Relatives and friends are invited to a funeral service, Saturday, May 1st, at 11:30 AM, in the Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, 1323 Centre St., Ashland. Officiating will be Mr. John Kessler. Visitation with family will begin at 9 AM until service. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Christ Congregational Church, 134 Broad St., Ashland, PA., 17921, or the American Fire Company, 2 Fountain St., Ashland, PA 17921. Visit www.Fritzfuneralhome.com. The Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, Ashland, is in charge of arrangements.
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